Cocktail Hour: The Backyard Cocktail

Hey Everyone! My name is Roni and I am a graphic designer living in New York. I am also a bit of a cocktail connoisseur! My sister asked if I could share a drink with you, and here’s what I came up with—The Backyard Cocktail.
The Backyard Cocktail

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This drink is nice and refreshing on a hot summer day. Depending on how spicy you like your drink, you can add more or less Tabasco when mixing. The original recipe called for 1/2 teaspoon of Tabasco, but I thought that was a little overpowering on a hot day, so I reduced it slightly.

The Backyard Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 4 mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 teaspoon green Tabasco
  • 1 ounce Mezcal
  • 1/2 ounce chartreuse*
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Tools—shaker, muddler, shot glass, measuring spoons, picks for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • Muddle the mint leaves and tabasco in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.
  • Add the remaining ingredients, fill with ice, and shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
  • Pour everything into a tumbler, and garnish with mint.​

* You might be wondering what Chartreuse is! Chartreuse is a french liqueur made from distilled herbs, plants, and flowers. It was given its name because the liqueur itself is yellowish green in color. This might be a little pricey initially, but it’s a nice staple for the home bar!

{Recipe via The Kitchy Kitchen}

What do you think?